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BIOETHICAL ISSUES OF TERRI SCHIAVO1Bioethical Issues of Terri SchiavoIHP 420Antonio RiceSouthern New Hampshire University
BIOETHICAL ISSUES OF TERRI SCHIAVO2In February of 1990, 26-year-old Terri Schiavo went into cardiac arrest and during this episode her brain lacked oxygen for several minutes causing significant brain damage. The doctors said that this brain damage left Terri in a persistent vegetative state or PVS. A patient in apersistent vegetative state can appear to have a normal level of consciousness with alertness and with normal sleep cycle but they are in a state of deep unconsciousness and this is an irreversible brain condition. Four years after Terri’s incident, doctors told Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo, that Terri would never make a recovery. In 1998, Michael wanted to remove Terri’s feeding tube, claiming that is what she wanted but Terri’s parents did not agree. Since Terri did not have a will expressing her decision to not live in her current state, it was left up to the state courts. Terri